With the temperatures low and holiday decorations hanging, December is the most dangerous time of the year for house fires.
Since Christmas Eve there have been four major house fires in Knox County that have destroyed homes and displaced families.
"Around December time frame when the weather turns really cold is when we see an uptick in the number of fires and the number of calls that we get," said Jeff Bagwell with Rural Metro Fire. "Christmas lights are out and on, maybe overloading circuits, faulty extension cords, they all pose a danger."
On Christmas Eve, fire engulfed a West Knoxville home on Frostwood Road. Knoxville fire crews said one person had to be taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire damaged their home.
Three people were inside the home when they detected smoke and tried to extinguish the fire with a garden hose.
On Christmas day, crews with Rural Metro Fire were dispatched to battle a fire that engulfed a house in Corryton.
Crews were able to quickly respond because the fire started within two minutes of the nearest station, but water availability was an issue and crews had to shuttle in water from as far away as two miles.
On Tuesday morning, fire crews responded to a fire on Howell Road in Mascot. Fire crews said, much like the fire on Christmas, the biggest challenge was transporting water to put out the fire because of an absence of fire hydrants in rural parts of the county.
The latest happened Wednesday, a day after this story was originally published. A fire on the far edge of East Knox County near Kodak consumed a double-wide mobile home, completely destroying it and displacing a family.
With more people at home cooking during the holidays and holiday decorations hanging, the chances that a fire will happen increase.
"Any time that you have the combination of a lot of people at home off from work in a situation around family or inside the kitchen, your risk, or the number of fires that you have inside of a kitchen go up," said DJ Corcoran with the Knoxville Fire Department. "Christmas tree fires are always a threat this time of year also but usually that is because people leave them up too long and they get dried out."
Firefighters remind people to always water their Christmas trees and check any holiday lights for faulty wiring.
Having an escape plan in case of a fire and a smoke detector can also be live saving.